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Cabbie Who Charged Tourists 6k From Swampy To Sathorn Fired

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Cabbie Who Charged Tourists 6k From Swampy To Sathorn Fired

A Bangkok taxi driver based out of Suvarnabhumi Airport has had his license revoked and fined 3,000 baht this afternoon after the story of him ripping off two Swiss tourist went viral on Facebook.

Crooked cabbie Pipatpol Jaikam was thrust into the social media spotlight when Facebook user Krit Karnchanabatr shared the story of how a Swiss tourist and his wife were charged 6,000 baht for a trip from Swampy to their hotel in the Sathorn area of the city.

Not wanting a confrontation the tourists handed over the fare and on the advice of hotel staff they contacted the Tourist Police on 1155 for assistance, who allegedly told them to phone the local cop shop as it wasn’t their jurisdiction.

Local police suggested he call the Department of Land Transport complaints hotline on 1584 but after waiting 30 minutes to file a complaint his wife gave up.

Not impressed with the lack of help or assistance from authorities and not willing to be fleeced for six large, it was back to Swampy to track down the highway robber and confront him.

And that’s exactly what he did with the help of hotel staff.

The group found speeding Somchai parked up at the airport and when threatened with an official report against him he gave a refund of 5,400 baht. He even issued a receipt for the 600 baht fare.

The tourists rewarded staff from W Hotel in Sathorn with 1,000 for their help.

Crooked Cabbie Charges Swiss Tourist 6,000 Baht From Swampy To Sathorn

However, speeding Somchai was not out of the woods just yet despite handing back 5,400 baht as local media had picked up the story that came to the attention of someone with a bit of clout at the Dept Of Land Transport who put his people on the case to track down the highway robber.

He was soon summoned for questioning and told officials he had quoted the tourists an off-the-meter price of 600 baht and when he was handed 6,000 baht he claims he thought it was a generous tip.

Having prior complaints on record for his scamming ways, Pipatpol was revoked of his taxi drivers license and fined 3,000 baht.

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Four New BTS Stations Opening Friday

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The operators of the BTS Skytrain system announced the opening of four new stations on the Sukhumvit Line northern extension will go ahead as planned this Friday following a series of successful test runs.

The four new stations opening are Royal Forest Department (N14), Bang Bua (N15), 11th Infantry Regiment (N16) and Wat Phra Si Mahathat (N17).

All trips between the Royal Forest Department and Wat Phra Si Mahathat will be free until the end of the year.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said the new stations would link educational institutions, government offices, and suburban communities while relieving traffic on normally congested roads along the route of the new extension.

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On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

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On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

Two Chinese nationals were arrested and 1,000 cannabis plants seized after Bangkok Metropolitan police raided a warehouse in the On Nut area following a tip-off from the owner of the premises.

The two men, here on student visas, were selling dried organic marijuana to clients for 250,000 baht per kilo, however, their landlord became suspicious at high power bills running into six-figures every month in a property with a monthly rental price of only 40,000 baht.

On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

He called the police and asked them to look into the matter and surveillance was put in place to gather evidence.

Wu Ding Bin, 41, said to be the ringleader in the online business, caught on he was being watched and cut the power to the warehouse letting all the plants die.

Police had gathered enough evidence against him and raided the warehouse while another team picked him up at a condo on Soi Ramkhamhaeng 24/3.

He was remanded in custody pending further legal proceedings.

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Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

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Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

Nike Thailand has launched a massive new flagship store in Bangkok’s Siam Center designed to showcase product innovation.

Operated by Southeast Asian luxury retail specialist Valiram, the new 9000sq foot Nikestore offers a blend of physical and digital retail experiences for shoppers.

Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

“Nike Bangkok at Siam Center exists to offer everyone the ability to make sport a daily habit, ensuring they are inspired and committed to staying active,” said director of Nike stores Southeast Asia & India Tarundeep Singh.

Services such as head-to-toe apparel fitting and footwear trialling are offered to provide consumers with opportunities to deepen their connection with the brand and select products suited to their needs.

You can also book one-on-one sessions with running experts and styling specialists.

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